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House League Rules



House League Rules and Regulations

 

PREAMBLE

 
The definitions and general rules of baseball shall apply, subject to certain exceptions described in these Amendments  

DECORUM

The actions and conduct of the Players, Managers, Coaches, Scorekeepers, Umpires and League officials must be above reproach.  
Managers and Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players both on and off the field. The abuse of BOMBA equipment (bats, helmets, etc.) is prohibited and violation of this will result in the eviction of the player from the game. One warning will be given at the beginning of the game for both teams.  
The use of tobacco in any form is prohibited 100ft from any playing field.  
The consumption of any alcoholic beverage on the grounds of any game or practice is a violation of both provincial law and BOMBA'S municipal park permits. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE TO BE CONSUMED OR DISPLAYED IN BOMBA PERMITTED PARKS OR IN ANY PARKS IN WHICH BOMBA PLAYERS ARE PRESENT  
Players, Managers, Coaches or spectators are not to deliberately harass or direct any discourteous remarks at the officials or any member of the opposing team.  
Teams shall shake hands at the end of every game.  
Players, Managers, Coaches, or spectators engaging or persisting in conduct detrimental to the spirit principles and objectives of good sportsmanship in all levels of baseball, shall receive a single warning from the umpire. If the offence or offences continue, the offender or offenders will be removed from the game.  
Anyone removed from the game must leave the playing field and spectator area. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the game. The umpire shall file a report of any removal with the convenor. Further penalties may be imposed by the BOMBA executive following a disciplinary hearing.  

Umpires must enforce these rules. Umpires noting infractions during a game will direct Managers to correct their team members and supporters. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the game and such additional disciplinary action as the BOMBA executive deems warranted following a disciplinary hearing. (see section 22)

 

GENERAL (Applicable to all House league teams: T Ball through Midget)

 

 

No player in T-Ball through PeeWee shall sit out a second inning until each player has sat out one inning per game. The innings sat out shall not be consecutive. Bantam and Midget will not sit out two consecutive innings. Violation of this rule shall result in forfeiture of the game. Free substitution will exist in all divisions.

  1. Rookie ball through Midget - Managers/Coaches are not permitted on the field of play during games, to provide direct training/coaching or positioning of players.
 
CALL-UPS & TEAM SIZE
  1. A HARDBALL team unable to field a complete team of 9 players or a ROOKIE BALL team unable to field a complete team of 10 players or a T-Ball team unable to field a complete team of 11 players may bring up players from the league below to add to their roster.
  2. Any player who is called up will now be part of the team - roster and must play and is subject to rule 3.1.
  3. Any player called up will not be allowed to pitch.
  4. Any player called up must be placed at the bottom of the batting order.
  5. Any player called up must not play more innings than the least innings played by a regular roster player.
  6. A Hardball team may start the first inning with 7 players.
  7. A Rookie Ball team may start the first inning with 8 players.
  8. A T-Ball team may start the first inning with 9 players.
  9. Players arriving after the start of the ball game will be added to the bottom of the batting order
  10. At the end of the first inning a team unable to field a complete or legal team will default the game, a score of 1 run per regulation inning (6-0 Rookie Ball, 7-0 Midget etc,) will be awarded to the non-offending team.
  11. In Hardball (mosquito and older) 8 players will constitute a legal team if there are not enough players to form a 9 player team.
  12. In Rookie Ball 9 players will constitute a legal team if there are not enough players to form a 10 player team.
  13. In T-ball, 10 players will constitute a legal team if there are not enough players to form an 11 player team.
  14. In the event that neither side can form a legal team, the game must be rescheduled. It is recommended that an EXHIBITION game will be played at this time.
  15. Teams may not play with less players if a full rostered team is available.
  16. In T-ball the team must bat the number of players in attendance every inning.
  17. When bringing up players, a Manager must contact the affected coach of the lower league first. Players must not be contacted directly. A player may not be brought up when the player's regular team has a game on the same night. Otherwise, all coaches are expected to cooperate in these cases. Both affected coaches must inform their respective convenor as to the name and team of the called up player. Players called up to play in the next higher league may play a maximum of five games during the regular season and five games during the playoffs. This rule may be waived for playoffs at the discretion of the appropriate vice- president.
 
AGE - The age of a player shall be determined by their age as of December 31 of the playing year.  

GAME TIMES- Starting times for evening games will be as follows:

  1. HL/Rep games played on diamonds with no lights (Blastball to Grasshopper) will start at 6:15 sharp and coaches are to be on the field at 6:00. (Rookie Ball and up) will start at 6:15. In all cases, no new inning can start after 8:15 p.m., however play will continue until the inning is completed or until the game is called due to darkness at the discretion of the Umpire.
  2. HL/REP games played on diamonds with lights will start at 6:15 p.m. No new inning will start after 8:15p.m and dead ball at 8:25pm. 2nd game will start at 8.30 p.m. No new innings will start after 10:45 p.m. No pitch after 10:55pm. (lights off at 11:00p.m.) If the early game cannot be completed by 8:30pm, or the late game cannot be completed by 10:45pm for any reason, then the game will revert back to the end of the last complete inning and that score will stand unless the home team has tied or taken the lead in the last inning played even though three outs have not been completed. In this case the game will be recorded as a tie or a win for the home team.
 

EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS:

  1. Helmets must be worn at all times by batters, base runners and catchers.
  2. Chinstraps on helmets must be fastened and worn properly.
  3. Facemasks must be worn by the pitcher in Intro to T-Ball and Junior T-Ball.
  4. All players from Intro to T-Ball through to Midget, should wear an athletic supporter.
  5. Catchers equipment must consist of a chest protector, shin guards, facemask with throat protector and helmet, all of which must be worn during practice, warm-up, and games.
  6. The full uniform supplied by BOMBA, consisting of hat, shirt and pants, must be worn at all times by all players while participating in a game.  Shirts must be tucked into the waistband of the trousers. 
  7. Coaches are expected to share equipment with opposing teams in situations where, due to breakage or normal wear and tear, there is insufficient safety equipment available.
  8. All Bats must be taped or have the rubber sleeve in order to provide a proper grip.
  9. NO player will be allowed to play wearing shoes with metal cleats. The only exceptions are for Midget house league. Any player found wearing metal cleats during a game will be ejected from the game but will not serve an additional suspension.
  10. Any person warming up a pitcher must wear a facemask.
  11. Players are not permitted to wear earrings, chains or any other jewellery which the umpire deems to be a hazard.
 
TIES - Ties shall be broken if possible, subject to rule 3.4.  
DIAMONDS - Home team is responsible for the diamond lay out prior to each game. The diamond should be ready 15 minutes before normal starting time.  
SCORE REPORTING - The home coach must report game scores to the Scheduler before 9:00 am the following morning. The information will include details such as Date, Park, Division, Team Name, Scores and the number of umpires. e.g. July 6, - Greenwood- Mosquito - Blue Jays 4- Athletics 3 - 2 umpires  
Coaches must sign only TWO umpire's cards before the start of each game. If only one umpire is there, SIGN ONLY ONE CARD but indicate only one umpire.  
RAINOUTS - All rained out games or cancelled games must be rescheduled.  Rescheduling is the responsibility of both team coaches.  Coaches must contact the game scheduler and responsible House League Director.  Only in certain circumstances will the game be reschduled using a team's practice time.   
NO FOUR-POINT GAMES ARE TO BE PLAYED  

REGISTRATIONS - BOMBA will accept registrations up to March 31st provided there are openings on the team.Registration refunds will be approved for good cause up to May 7 payable on the return of the complete uniform. An administration fee of $40 will apply.

 
INSURANCE - BOMBA does not provide medical and dental insurance coverage for players registered. Parents and guardians are advised to obtain proper insurance coverage related to individual needs.  
PLAYOFFS - All teams will play at least two play off games prior to elimination. The format to be determined by the BOMBA Executive.  
GENERAL - Coaches and umpires shall meet before every game to discuss the ground rules.  
RESIDENCY - all players shall be residents of the City of Burlington. The executive shall have the power to waive this provision.  
The sondaughter of one (1) Head Coach plus one (1) Assistant Coach plus one (1) sponsor, for a maximum of 3 adults will be assigned to the parent's team. Other registered players will be assigned to the various teams in an attempt to achieve a competitive balance.  
Siblings who desire to play on the same team should so indicate on the registration form.  
SCOREKEEPING - Each team must have a scorekeeper, who should inform the players of their batting position, keep track of each player's progress on the bases and number of innings sat out, record the number of runs in each inning and record when changes are made in the lineup.  
Before the game starts, the COACH shall check the line-ups of both teams to ascertain that all players whose names appear in the opening line- up and alternate spaces are listed to play in accordance with rule 3.1. Any discrepancy must be reported to the plate umpire before the game starts. The umpire will confer with an offending coach to have the necessary corrections made.  
This is only for T-ball* * The scorekeeper of the offensive team must inform the team coach when the last batter is going to bat. If the last batter is announced in error, and the batter completes his/her turn at bat, upon an appeal by the defensive team, the umpire will declare the batter out and return all base runners to the base they were on prior to the ball being hit. No runs will be allowed to score.  
One scoresheet is required for each team.  
Birth certificates if requested must be presented. Failure to comply will result in child not participating in BOMBA.  
Any player, coach, assistant coach, or manager who is ejected for fighting will serve an automatic 2 game suspension for the first offence. Additional ejections for fighting will result in a discipline hearing.  
Blastball, T-Ball and Soft Toss will use the "safety Ball" as supplied by BOMBA. All other divisions will use a regulation hardball as supplied by BOMBA  
In a PLAYOFF STRUCTURE that uses the "Total Point - 2 games only" format, a team that defaults a playoff game will default the series also.  
Both teams are to submit a Defensive and Offensive line-up prior to the start of the game. These line-ups MUST adhere to ALL rules regarding player positions in the field and in the batting order. Failure to provide both line-ups, will result in the game not being played until both teams adhere to this rule. Should a team fail to provide the above mentioned line-ups, within fifteen minutes (15) after the start of the game, that team will then forfeit the game.  

All teams from outside Burlington "MUST" adhere to BOMBA rules and regulations.

 

House League Participation in Tournaments.  BOMBA encourages teams from Rookie Ball to Midget to participate as an intact team in tournaments.  BOMBA's definition of an intact team is at least 95% of its regular season house league team. Players may be added to supplement original team players that choose not to participate.  BOMBA reserves the right to contact those players not attending to ensure they were given the opportunity to participate.  The team is only allowed to add players to reach the original team roster quantity. 

BOMBA supplied House League uniforms (jersey, hat, socks and pants) are to be worn at these tournaments.

Coaches that wish to enter into these tournaments must seek approval from the House League Chair prior to tournament application and payment being sent to hosting organization.  The final roster must be approved by the House League Chair and BOMBA's President.

The intent of this policy is to ensure that all players have an equal opportunity to participate in these tournaments.  We expect that all coaches adhere to the spirit of this policy.  Any coaches that do not adhere to this policy will face suspension and or dismissal. 

 

 

 

BLAST BALL

T-Ball rules will apply except for the rules outlined below;

 
Players must be turning 4 years of age during the calendar year.  
A Blast Ball team will have 6 or 7 players.  
Managers, coaches and players will wear BOMBA supplied uniform on the field at all games.  
The Home team Manager is responsible for calling a game due to rain.  
Rain outs will be made up within 2 weeks of original game date. It is the responsibility of the Home team Manager to reschedule.  
A Blast ball game will use 2 bases only…the home plate and the blast base  
The distance between the home plate and the blast base will be 40 feet.  
The distance between the home plate and the dead ball line will be 10 feet  
All players will play, while on the defensive side. There will be NO sit outs  
The defensive positions are as follows; Catcher, Pitcher, 2 basemen and 3 fielders.  
The catcher and the pitcher are required to wear the face mask to prevent injury.  
Players will rotate through all fielding positions.  
An athletic supporter must be worn by all players.  
2 games will be played simultaneously on the same diamond  
A run is scored, when an offensive player reaches the blast base before the defensive player makes the play at the blast base.  
No score is kept and umpires are not used.  
Players run only from the home plate to the blast plate and not from the blast plate to the home plate.  
Once a player safely reaches the blast plate, he/she will then take their place on the bench.  
All managers and coaches are required to have a sense of humour.  
All parents will enjoy the game and encourage all participants.  
Players will not get hurt, but if they do, CRYING IS ALLOWED IN BLAST BALL!  
Laughing, giggling, cheering and clapping are also allowed in Blast Ball.  
And remember…coaching the kids is easy, coaching the parents is impossible.  

 

 

T-BALL

 

Players must be turning 5 years old to be eligible.  
Distance between all bases shall be 60 feet.  
Safe bases will be used for all games. A fielder must make contact with the white part of the bag to constitute an out.  
A regulation game shall consist of 5 innings or 1-1/4 hours. No new inning shall be started after 1 hour.  If an inning is started and cannot be completed before the 1-1/2 hour time, the score will revert back to the end of the previous inning.   
A complete team shall have 11 players with 6 in the infield and 5 in the outfield. See rule 3.2.  
There shall be no pitching to the batter.  
There shall be no bases awarded on balls.  
There shall be no bunting.  
The infield fly rule does not apply.  
Each manager must give to the opposing manager a copy of his/her batting line- up for each inning to be played. Any line-up changes must be reported to the scorekeepers and the opposing coach at the beginning of the inning, except in case of sickness or injury.  
Prior to the start of the game managers shall submit a line up which includes all players. Players will bat through the order regardless of their fielding positions in that inning. A team may only bat the number of players in attendance to the maximum of 11 players regardless to the number of players batting on the other team. Late arriving players will be added to the bottom of the order.  
A fair hit ball is a legally batted ball that crosses the playing line in fair territory.  
A dead hit ball is a legally batted ball that does not cross the playing line if fielded in front of the playing line, or if the batter has made an illegal swing. However, if the ball is caught in flight by the defensive team, the batter is out and the ball is in play until time is called. An illegally batted ball occurs when the batter hits the ball, dead, fair or foul with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the lines of the batter's box. An illegal swing occurs when the batter does not take a full swing, or chop swings downward at the ball. THESE WILL ALL BE CALLED STRIKES.  
Prior to the start of the game, the managers should warn the players about the batters throwing bats. A player throwing the bat in the game will be automatically called out. Repeated offences by the same player will result in ejection from the game.  

No lead-offs allowed. When a runner is off his base when the batter hits the ball off the tee, the runner is automatically out.

 
When any infield player has control of the ball in the infield (including the adjacent foul territories) and there is no attempt to make a play on any of the base runners, time will be called and the base runners will be held on the base they last occupied or the unoccupied base they were approaching when time was called.  
Infielders may not cross the playing line before the ball is hit. Out fielders may not encroach upon the infield area from their regularly played positions before the ball is hit.  
Players on an overthrow to first base will only be permitted to advance to the base they were approaching when the throw was made.  
In the event a throw to 2nd , 3rd or home plate results in an over throw and the ball remains within the playing field, the base runner shall be permitted to advance as many bases as possible until such time as an infielder has control of the ball in the infield area. m the event the ball leaves the playing field, the runners shall be permitted to advance to the base they were approaching at the time the ball was thrown plus one more base. Those runners with "Last Batter" status (see rule 5.21 below) are exceptions; they are automatically allowed to continue to score.  
The "Last Batter" shall be the last batter for the innings, shown in the team's line-up. Teams shall be advised when the last batter has come to bat in accordance with rule 5.22.  
In the event of an injury to a base runner when the ball is batted, play will stop and a replay will occur.  

The offensive team's turn at bat ends when:

  1. the Last Batter has 3 strikes called.
  2. the Last Batter's fair hit ball is returned to the catcher at home plate.

The ball must be thrown in the air over the playing line at least once on its way to the catcher. Home plate must be touched by only the catcher with the ball in his/her possession. Only the pitcher is allowed in the home plate area, the pitcher must throw the ball to the catcher, it cannot be handed off. If a defensive player other than the pitcher or catcher or runner crosses into the home plate area, the inning is over and all legal runs score.

 
A base runner with "Last Batter" status is hit by a fair-batted ball either on or off his base, before the ball is touched by the pitcher or before it is touched or passes any other infielder no runs may score.  
The Last Batter's fly ball is caught legally and there are no runners on base.  
All players on the offensive team who are base runners when the last batter is at bat are regarded in the same way as the last batter and no defensive play can be made on the bases. They are all forced to home plate when the Last Batter has hit the ball fairly. Should the last batter's fair hit ball leave the playing field by going over an outfield fence, either in flight or bouncing, it will be considered a home run and all runners having "Last Batter" status will be allowed to score. However, if the ball goes under or gets caught in an outfield fence and in doing so interferes with the fielder's chances to field the ball, all of the base runners will be allowed to score but NOT the batter. In the event that the Last Batter of the offensive team is out on a fly ball, normal baseball rules apply and runners will be allowed to advance and score provided they were on their base when the ball was caught or retouched their base after the ball was caught.  
A run does not count when a runner with " Last Batter" status reaches home plate after the plate has been legally touched by the catcher, has lead- off and reaches home plate safely, or has not tagged up on a caught fly ball, and reaches home plate safely.  
Once an inning begins, switching infield players with outfield players is not permitted.  
NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN 2 INNINGS PER GAME, until every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the convenor and Director of T-Ball, if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player.  

Outfielders must not act as the PRIMARY RECEIVERS on the infield. When this occurs, time will be called and the batter/runner will be called safe and placed on the base they were advancing to. If forced all other base runners will advance 1 base.

 

 

SOFT TOSS

 

 

 
Players must be turning 6 years old to be eligible  
There shall be 9 defensive players on the field at a time: 3 outfielders, 5 infielders and a catcher. All players are to play all positions during the season. Place some coaches in the field to assist with coaching instruction and development of players as the game is played.  
All fielders must stay behind the infield line, & outfielders must stay behind the baseline until the ball is hit. The infield line is an arc, 40 feet from the point of home plate at all points. In the event that such a line is not physically drawn on the field, coaches shall keep all players within such a distance in accordance with the spirit of the rule.  
No metal cleats will be allowed.  
The diamond shall be 50 feet between bases.  
The batting machine shall be located to the front and side of the batter.  
There will be no pitcher's rubber or mound  
The catcher shall be positioned behind the batter in the normal catching position. The catcher must wear a batting helmet, which includes ear protection at all times.  
The official ball to be used is a safety ball supplied by BOMBA.  
There will be no balks or base on balls.  
Bunting will not be allowed.  
There are no infield flies.  
A 1/2 inning is over when there are 3 outs or when the offensive team has scored 5 runs in that particular inning, called the Mercy Rule.  
No sliding is allowed.  
On defence, free substitution shall be allowed, however all players shall play at least every other inning.  
On offence the batting order shall contain the entire roster of players.  
A player who carelessly or unintentionally throws their bat or helmet shall receive 1 warning. Further infractions by the same player, or if the player intentionally throws their bat or helmet shall result in the player being called out (if not already out) & in forfeiture of their next turn at bat (with an automatic out).  
A regulation game consists of six innings or 1 1/4 hours. No new inning shall be started after1 hour.  
Ties will not be played to reach a winner.  
The home team is responsible for calling rain outs and must reschedule the game within two weeks.  
A team can play with 8 players. If a team has less than 8 players present at game time, it can borrow the needed players from the other team so long as the opposing team would still have at least 9 players. If the opposing team does not have sufficient number of players, the team with fewer than 8 shall forfeit.  
On an overthrown ball that goes into foul territory, base runners shall only be awarded the bases to which they were attempting to advance at the time the ball crossed the baseline.  
Play on a batted ball ends when an infielder is in control of the ball and base runners are no longer attempting to advance  
A soft toss machine will be used. The player will have five attempts to hit the ball into fair territory.  
A batter who misses the ball completely on the fifth strike is out. Please use good judgment on this.  
All players shall bat continuously without substitution while on offence.  
There shall be no penalty for batting out of order. Try to keep the same order in fairness to the players.  
Any batted ball that does not go at least ten feet from the point of home plate shall be treated as a foul ball. If such an arc is not physically drawn on the field, the home plate umpire shall determine if the ball passed such a distance.  
Runners must remain in contact with their bases until the ball is hit. The first time a player leaves too soon, a warning shall be issued to the player. The second time the player will be called out. Each player will be issued 1 warning per time on base. Warnings & penalties will be called immediately, and the ball will be considered dead before the play  
Official game scores and team standings will be kept to determine playoffs.  

 

 

GRASSHOPPER

 

Grasshopper is the newest addition to our "introduction to baseball" levels.  Grasshopper is played by 7 year olds with a pitching machine and a safety ball.  The ball is pitched between 30-35 mph with the same rules as Rookie Ball (see below) allowing for the Rookie Ball experience at a slightly lower speed.

 

Players shall be turning 7 years old (exceptions may be approved by the House League Committee)

 

The UPM45 pitching machine will be the approved pitching method. Safety balls are to be used.

 

The distance between home plate and the pitching machine shall be 44 feet.

 

The distance between the bases shall be 60 feet.

 

Each game shall be a maximum of 6 innings. Three or more complete innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early due to weather.

 

Games are to start at 6:15pm; no new inning may start after 7:45pm; and dead ball at 8pm.

 

If an inning cannot be concluded, the score shall revert back to the score from the end of the previous inning.

 

Prior to the start of the game, coaches shall submit an offensive and defensive line-up which shall include all players.  Players will bat through the order regardless of their fielding position for the inning.

 

The batter has 5 pitches to put the ball into play.  If unable to do so, the batter is out.  There are no base on balls (walks).  All foul balls are considered a pitch except on the 5th pitch.  If a player fouls the 5th or subsequent pitch, they will continue to receive an additional last pitch.

 

The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs or five runs are scored in an inning.  The five run mercy rule will not apply after the fifth inning. If both coaches declare at the start of any inning that it will be the last inning, the mercy rule will not apply to that inning.  
Fair play rules must be followed.  No player shall sit out 2 innings before all players have sat out 1 inning per game.  No player shall sit out 2 consecutive innings.  No player shall play more than two innings in the outfield until every player has had two innings in the outfield per game.  
Safe bases will be used for all games.  Fielders are to use the white part of the bag, leaving the orange part of the bag for the base runner.  
A complete team shall have 10 players with 6 in the infield and 4 in the outfield.  If unable to field ten players, a team may play with 9.  A team may start a game with 8 players but must have a 9th player by the end of the first inning.  
A defensive player in the infield may ask the umpire for time once they have gained control of the ball in the infield.  The ball does not have to go back to the pitcher to ask for time.  The runner will, at the umpires discretion, either be held at the last base occupied or allowed to advance to the next base once time is called.  
If a batted ball hits any part of the pitching machine, the ball is dead and the batter is awarded first base.  All forced base runners only will also advance one base.  
No lead offs are allowed.  
No bunting is allowed.  
No player shall advance on a passed ball (over throw) at first or third base.  
There is to be a four foot circle drawn around the pitching machine, with two (2 foot) lines extended towards 1st and 3rd base.  The pitcher must have both feet on either line until the ball is released from the pitching machine.  
If the pitcher or any player plays the ball inside of the safety circle, the play will be dead and the batter and any forced runners will advance 1 base.  
A pitcher may not field a batted ball and tag out a runner going to first base.  (The throw to first base must be made)  
All pitchers and catchers must wear a helmet with a face shield.  
Outfielders must not act as a primary receiver on the infield and must be positioned a minimum of 10 feet behind the infielders.  
Coaches are not to be on the field after the 3rd week of the regular season.  Defensive coaches will be permitted on the field for the first three weeks to help with defensive player setup.  Coaches on the field must not interfere with any play.  
Even though there will be playoffs, coaches must use discretion when advancing players and playing an aggressive style of game.  The intention of grasshopper is to be more of a development year than it is to be competitive.  

 

 

ROOKIEBALL

 

Players shall be turning 8 and 9 years old.  
The distance between home plate and the pitching machine shall be 44 feet. The distance between bases shall be 65 feet.  
Each game shall be 6 innings. Four complete innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early by the umpire  
GAME TIMES - See Rule 3.4  
Prior to the start of the game, coaches shall submit an offensive and a defensive line-up which shall include all players. Players will BAT THROUGH the order regardless of their fielding position in the inning  
Batter has 5 pitches to put the ball in play, if unable to do so batter is out. There is no base on balls. (No Walks).  All foul balls are considered a pitch except on 5th pitch.  Therefore, if a player fouls the 5th pitch, he/she will continue to bat until they either hit a ball into play or strike out.  
No balks are to be called by the umpire  
The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs made or when five runs have crossed the plate. The five run mercy rule will not apply after the fifth inning. If an umpire judges that a game will be shortened due to time limitations (Rule 3.4) darkness or inclement weather, he may, at his discretion, waive the mercy rule at the beginning of the final inning to be played. The umpire may waive the mercy rule in the bottom half of the final inning provided the rule was not applied in the top half of that inning.  
Players may be freely substituted during the game. No player shall sit out 2 innings before all players have sat out 1 inning in each game. No player shall sit out two consecutive innings  
NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN TWO INNINGS PER GAME UNTIL, every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the Convenor and Director of the division, if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player  
There is no stealing. Penalty - base runner is out.  
Safe bases will be used for all games. A Fielder must make contact with the white part of the bag to constitute an out.  
The infield fly rule does not apply  
A complete team shall have 10 players with 6 in the infield and 4 in the outfield, but if unable to field 10 players, a legal team can still play.  For clarification of a legal team. (See rule 3.2.a).  
When an INFIELDER has control of the ball, a defensive player can ask for time in the infield area.  Time will be given at the Umpire's discretion. The base runners will be held on the base they last occupied or the unoccupied base they were approaching when time was called.  NOTE:  The ball does not have to go back to the pitcher before an infielder may ask for time.  
If a batted ball hits any part of the pitching machine, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded first base and all forced base runners only will advance one base.  
No lead offs are allowed  
No player shall advance on a passed ball.  
Bunting is not allowed  
The pitcher must stand beside the pitching machine outside of the safety circle (8' circle) and behind the release point of the pitching machine.  Lines shall be drawn from the release point to 4ft beyond the circle.  The pitcher must have both feet on the white line until the ball is released from the pitching machine.  
No player may enter the safety circle during the game.  

Outfielders must not act as the Primary Receivers on the infield. When this occurs, time will be called and the batter/runner will be called safe and placed on the base they were advancing to. If forced all other base runners will advance 1 base.

OUTFIELDERS POSITIONING STATEMENT FOR ROOKIE BALL 

To start each inning and to start each play after that, ALL Outfielders, must line up or stand a minimum of 10ft, behind the Infielders.

The 10ft minimum distance would be a Judgment Call, made by the Umpires, if necessary.

 

Catchers must be in proper catching position.  
Female players must be 8, 9 or 10 to be eligible.  
For Girls Baseball, no player shall advance on a passed ball. A player on an overthrow to first base will only be permitted to advance to the base she was approaching when the ball was thrown  
All pitchers must wear a batting helmut with a face shield  
   

MOSQUITO 

 
Players shall be 10 and 11 years old.  
The distance between home plate and the pitching rubber shall be 44 feet. The distance between bases shall be 65 feet.  
Each game shall be 6 innings. Four complete innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early by the umpire  
GAME TIMES- See Rule 3.4.  
Prior to the start of the game, coaches shall submit a lineup which shall include all players. Players will bat through the order regardless of their fielding position in the inning  

One pitcher may pitch a maximum of 70 pitches or three innings per game. Three pitchers must be used in a 6 inning game. The innings pitched must be CONSECUTIVE. A pitcher may not be reinstated back into the game as a pitcher if pulled. One appearance constitutes an inning. An appearance is defined as an inning completely pitched or part of an inning pitched. A part of an inning pitched means one or more pitches. If the limit is reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may complete pitching to the earliest of: (i) the completion of the batter or (ii) the end of the inning.

 The official scorekeeper or designate shall be the official pitch count recorder. This recorder must provide the current pitch count for a pitcher when requested by either manager or umpire. The official pitch counter shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed.

Note: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when a pitcher is no longer eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or umpire fail to notify the manager.

 

No BALKS are to be called by the umpire.  
The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs made or when three (3) runs have crossed the plate(1st and 2nd innings only) and five runs for all other innings have crossed the plate. The five run mercy rule will not apply after the last inning. If an umpire judges that a game will be shortened due to time limitations ( rule 3.4 ), darkness or inclement weather, he may, at his discretion, waive the mercy rule at the beginning of the final inning to be played. The umpire may waive the mercy rule in the bottom half of the final inning provided the rule was not applied in the top half of that inning.  
Players may be freely substituted during the game. No player shall sit out 2 innings before all players have sat out 1 inning in each game. No player shall sit out 2 consecutive innings.  
NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN 2 INNINGS PER GAME, until every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the Convenor and Director of the division, if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player. Every player must play a minimum of 1 inning per game in the outfield.  
Base runners cannot leave their base before the pitched ball crosses the plate. Penalty is the base runner is out  
In all situations, the third strike means the batter is out.  
Safe bases will be used for all games.  
The infield fly rule does not apply  
When a batter becomes a runner due to a walk issued, the batter is initialed to first base only and can not advance until the next pitch is thrown.  
A player can not play the position of catcher for more than 3 innings per game and these innings must be consecutive. 1 pitched ball constitutes an inning.  
Outfielders must not act as the primary receivers on the infield. When this occurs, time will be called and the batter/runner will be called safe and placed on the base they were advancing to if forced all other base runners will advance 1 base  
   

PEEWEE 

 
Players shall be 12 and 13 years old.  
Pitching distance - 50 feet. Base distance - 75 feet.  
Each game shall be 7 innings. Four complete innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early by the umpire.  
GAME TIMES-See rule 3.4.  
Prior to the start of the game, coaches shall submit their lineup including all players, and each team must bat through this line-up in subsequent innings. (See also rule 3.27)  

Three pitchers must be used in a six-inning game. One pitcher may pitch a maximum of 80 pitches or three innings. The innings pitched must be consecutive. A pitcher may not be reinstated back into the game as a pitcher if pulled. One appearance constitutes an inning. An appearance is defined as an inning completely pitched or part of an inning pitched. A part of an inning pitched means one or more pitches. If the limit is reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may complete pitching to the earliest of: (i) the completion of the batter or (ii) the end of the inning.

The official scorekeeper or designate shall be the official pitch count recorder. This recorder must provide the current pitch count for a pitcher when requested by either manager or umpire. The official pitch counter shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed.

Note: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when a pitcher is no longer eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or umpire fail to notify the manager.

 

BALKS will be called after one warning per pitcher.  
The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs made or when three (3) runs have crossed the plate(1st and 2nd innings only) and five runs for all other innings have crossed the plate. The five run mercy rule will not apply after the last inning. If an umpire judges that a game will be shortened due to time limitations ( rule 3.4 ), darkness or inclement weather, he may, at his discretion, waive the mercy rule at the beginning of the final inning to be played. The umpire may waive the mercy rule in the bottom half of the final inning provided the rule was not applied in the top half of that inning.  
Players may be freely substituted during the game . No player shall sit out 2 innings in a game before all players have sat out 1 inning. No player shall sit out consecutive innings.  
NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN 2 INNINGS PER GAME, until every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the league Convenor and Director of the division, if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player.  
A player can not play the position of catcher for more than 3 innings per game and these innings must be consecutive. 1 pitched ball is an inning. This rule does not apply in the 7th or subsequent innings.  
Girls PeeWee players shall 11, 12, 13, years of age. - all other rules remain the same  
   

BANTAM 

 
Players shall be 14 and 15 years old.  

Pitching distance - 60'6" feet. Base distance - 90 feet.

 

Each game shall be seven 7 innings. Four innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early by the umpire

 

GAME TIMES: See Rule 3.4

 
Prior to start of each game, coaches shall submit their line up including all players, and each team must bat through this line-up in subsequent innings. (See also rule 3.27)  

A pitcher may pitch a maximum of 90 pitches or three innings per game. Innings pitched must be consecutive. A pitcher may not be reinserted back into the game as a pitcher if pulled. One pitch constitutes an inning. If the limit is reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may complete pitching to the earliest of: (i) the completion of the batter or (ii) the end of the inning.

The official scorekeeper or designate shall be the official pitch count recorder. This recorder must provide the current pitch count for a pitcher when requested by either manager or umpire. The official pitch counter shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed.

Note: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when a pitcher is no longer eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or umpire fail to notify the manager.

 

BALKS will be called without warning.  
The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs made or when three (3) runs have crossed the plate(1st and 2nd innings only) and five runs for all other innings have crossed the plate. The five run mercy rule will not apply after the last inning. If an umpire judges that a game will be shortened due to time limitations ( rule 3.4 ), darkness or inclement weather, he may, at his discretion, waive the mercy rule at the beginning of the final inning to be played. The umpire may waive the mercy rule in the bottom half of the final inning provided the rule was not applied in the top half of that inning.  
Players may be freely substituted during the game. No player shall sit out 2 consecutive innings.  
A minimum of two catchers must be used per game and the innings caught must be consecutive to a maximum of four innings per catcher.  If the game is called after four complete innings, this rule does not apply.  
NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN 2 INNINGS PER GAME UNTIL every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the league convenor and Director of the division if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player.  

Female players must be 14, 15, & 16 years old to be eligible to play.

 

Girls pitching distance shall be 55', base distance shall be 82'.

 
Each Girls game shall be (7) seven innings. Four innings will constitute a game in the event the game has to be called early by the umpire.  
BALKS in Girls Games will be called after 1 warning per pitcher  
In Girls games, NO PLAYER SHALL PLAY IN THE OUTFIELD MORE THAN 2 INNINGS PER GAME, until every player has had two innings in the outfield. An exemption to this rule may be obtained from the league Convenor and Director of the division, if there are special circumstances pertaining to a player.  
   

MIDGET 

 
Players will be 16-17 and 18 years of age.  
Pitching distance is 60'6". Base distance is 90'.  
Each game shall be seven 7 innings. Four innings will constitute a game in the event that the game has to be called early by the umpire.  
GAME TIMES: See rule 3.4.  
Prior to start of each game, coaches shall submit their line-up including all players, and each team must bat through this line-up in subsequent innings. (See also rule 3.27)  

A pitcher may pitch a maximum of 100 pitches or four innings per game. Innings pitched must be consecutive. A pitcher may not be reinserted back into the game as a pitcher if pulled. One pitch constitutes an inning. If the limit is reached while facing a batter, the pitcher may complete pitching to the earliest of: (i) the completion of the batter or (ii) the end of the inning.

The official scorekeeper or designate shall be the official pitch count recorder. This recorder must provide the current pitch count for a pitcher when requested by either manager or umpire. The official pitch counter shall inform the home plate umpire when a pitcher has delivered his/her limit of pitches for the game. The home plate umpire will then notify the pitcher’s manager that the pitcher must be removed.

Note: It is the responsibility of the manager to remove a pitcher when a pitcher is no longer eligible, even if the pitch count recorder and/or umpire fail to notify the manager.

 

No warnings for BALKS will be given.  
The team at bat will be retired either when there are three outs made or when three (3) runs have crossed the plate(1st and 2nd innings only) and five runs for all other innings have crossed the plate. The five run mercy rule will not apply after the last inning. If an umpire judges that a game will be shortened due to time limitations ( rule 3.4 ), darkness or inclement weather, he may, at his discretion, waive the mercy rule at the beginning of the final inning to be played. The umpire may waive the mercy rule in the bottom half of the final inning provided the rule was not applied in the top half of that inning. In addition to this mercy rule any team with a 10 or more run lead at the end of any complete inning, from the 5th inning on, will be declared the winner.  
Unlimited substitution of players at all positions except pitcher. No player shall sit out 2 consecutive innings.  
The maximum weight of an aluminum bat will be -3. There is no limit on wood bats. Any player caught using an illegal bat number will be considered an automatic "out"